Textiles and Clothing Museum (Iowa State University)

Textiles and Clothing Museum (Iowa State University) The mission of the Textiles and Clothing Museum is to promote the scholarship and appreciation of historic and ethnic textiles and clothing, with an emphasis on visual and active learning.
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The Textiles and Clothing Museum is an interactive learning environment dedicated to the concepts of visual and object-based learning. The museum collects, documents, preserves, interprets, and exhibits the teaching collection. The collection is accessible to students, scholars and academic researchers, and is also made available to public audiences through exhibitions and programming. Within the museum are the Mary Alice Gallery named in honor of Mary Alice Anderson Reinhardt, the Textiles and Clothing Conservation Laboratory named in honor of Donna Rae Danielson, and the Textiles and Clothing Collection Storage named in honor of Bertha and Edward Waldee.

The Textiles and Clothing Museum will be closed over the university's winter break, from December 17, 2018 through Janua...
12/17/2018

The Textiles and Clothing Museum will be closed over the university's winter break, from December 17, 2018 through January 13, 2019. The current exhibit, "Designed for a Modern Life: Decorative Arts & Fashion in the Mid-century," will continue through April 14.

One day and counting for the December graduates.
12/13/2018
Academic Dress: Congratulations December Graduates!

One day and counting for the December graduates.

At high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation the fall semester is rapidly winding down to an end. Finals week is approaching and students are feeling the pressure. Some students ar…

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12/06/2018
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As December draws its darkest hours ever longer, inching moment by moment toward the shortest day of the year — in the northern hemisphere, at least — the Pantone Color Institute is striking a defiant tone. The global experts in hue have crowned "living coral" as their annual color of the year for 2019.

It appears that winter weather has arrived early in Iowa. The next time you pull on your insulated, waterproof footwear,...
12/04/2018

It appears that winter weather has arrived early in Iowa. The next time you pull on your insulated, waterproof footwear, image a small child in the 1920s frolicking in the snow wearing these felted wool boots, and appreciate the technology that keeps your toes warm and dry.

Read the latest blog post by our graduate assistant, Dyese Matthews.
11/30/2018
Inspiration: Guatemala

Read the latest blog post by our graduate assistant, Dyese Matthews.

Here at the Iowa State University Textiles and Clothing Museum (TCM) we have a significant number of historical items from different countries all over the world. Some of our favorite international…

We have nothing like this in our collection, so we're happy to share others' posts about their treasures.  Enjoy!
11/27/2018

We have nothing like this in our collection, so we're happy to share others' posts about their treasures. Enjoy!

Pink for Boys Week: In eighteenth-century Europe, pink was appropriate for men and women, boys and girls. It was not associated with either masculinity or femininity, but rather with elegance, novelty, and aristocratic splendor.
Man’s silk faille coat and breeches, c.1785, on loan from LACMA for Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color. #HistoryofPink Supported by #MaryKay #MyMKLife http://ow.ly/FYoz30lq80E

Before the advent of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and same day delivery service by drone, many consumers in both urban an...
11/23/2018

Before the advent of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and same day delivery service by drone, many consumers in both urban and rural settings relied on mail-order to purchase some of their ready-to-wear apparel. This worsted wool dress with fabric covered buttons and lace detail at the neckline (circa 1910), was made and sold by the National Cloak and Suit Company of New York. The company, founded in 1888, was the self-proclaimed largest specialty mail-order house in the United States.

How will you be shopping this holiday season?

The Textiles and Clothing Museum is closed all this week for Thanksgiving break. Come back and see us starting Monday, N...
11/20/2018

The Textiles and Clothing Museum is closed all this week for Thanksgiving break. Come back and see us starting Monday, November 26 for more mid-century modern fashions.
Both dresses circa 1952

The Textiles and Clothing Museum was established  originally as a teaching collection and continues that important role ...
11/07/2018

The Textiles and Clothing Museum was established originally as a teaching collection and continues that important role for students today.

Last week, AMD 325 students engaged in a hands-on class activity. They observed unique textile pieces to help #spark inspiration for their final project of designing a set of evening-wear. Special thanks to Suzanne Lesar of the Textiles and Clothing Museum (Iowa State University) for helping lead this activity!

By any good hostess's standards in the mid-century, tonight's Cocktails and Canapes party was a huge success. The retro ...
11/03/2018

By any good hostess's standards in the mid-century, tonight's Cocktails and Canapes party was a huge success. The retro food was delicious and cocktails inspired; but the stars of the evening were the fashions, furniture, and decorative arts on exhibit.

Getting ready for the cocktail hour. . .
11/02/2018

Getting ready for the cocktail hour. . .

We're only two days away from our opening reception. Have you pulled together your vintage look yet for the cocktail par...
10/31/2018

We're only two days away from our opening reception. Have you pulled together your vintage look yet for the cocktail party? Note that there will be a free shuttle running between the Scheman Building parking lot and Morrill Hall on Friday evening between 4:45 and 7:00.

There was nothing like a whimsical handkerchief, purse, or hat to finish off a fashionable look from the mid-century. An...
10/29/2018

There was nothing like a whimsical handkerchief, purse, or hat to finish off a fashionable look from the mid-century. And don't forget your pop-beads!

These three ensembles are on loan to the TCM for the exhibit. Each illustrates the shifting fashion silhouette post WWII...
10/26/2018

These three ensembles are on loan to the TCM for the exhibit. Each illustrates the shifting fashion silhouette post WWII into the 1950s.
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Exhibit preparation continues. We are working today on the final installations, labels, and lighting.
10/24/2018

Exhibit preparation continues. We are working today on the final installations, labels, and lighting.

We had a busy first day installing our new joint exhibit with the Christian Petersen Art Museum. "Designed for a Modern ...
10/22/2018

We had a busy first day installing our new joint exhibit with the Christian Petersen Art Museum. "Designed for a Modern Life: Decorative Arts & Fashion in the Mid-century" is scheduled to open on Thursday, October 25. We have much to accomplish before then.

"What's NEW?" is now old news!We've been busy this week preparing for our next exhibit. "Designed for a Modern Life: Dec...
10/17/2018

"What's NEW?" is now old news!
We've been busy this week preparing for our next exhibit. "Designed for a Modern Life: Decorative Arts & Fashion in the Mid-century," a collaborative exhibit with our neighbors at the Christian Petersen Art Museum, opens at the end of next week. Speaking of opening, we had fun unpacking a box containing two ensembles on loan for the exhibit from the Cornell Costume Collection at Cornell University.

Only two days remain to view "What's NEW? Recent Acquisitions of the TCM Collection" in our Mary Alice Gallery. We'll be...
10/11/2018

Only two days remain to view "What's NEW? Recent Acquisitions of the TCM Collection" in our Mary Alice Gallery. We'll be open extended hours, 9:00AM-5:00PM for today and Friday, October 11 & 12.

Detail, Pleated silk gown with beads, Mariano Fortuny
10/09/2018

Detail, Pleated silk gown with beads, Mariano Fortuny

Today we received a special delivery...a really special delivery and we couldn't wait to share it! This Fortuny gown has...
10/09/2018

Today we received a special delivery...a really special delivery and we couldn't wait to share it! This Fortuny gown has been offered to the museum collection. And of course we said, "YES!"

At the College of Human Sciences' Professional & Scientific (P&S) Fair today, TCM staff shared information about the mus...
10/08/2018

At the College of Human Sciences' Professional & Scientific (P&S) Fair today, TCM staff shared information about the museum and our upcoming exhibit by handing out promotional postcards and showing a few select mid-century modern designs.

You've only one week remaining to view "What's NEW? Recent Acquisitions of the TCM Collection." The final date for the e...
10/06/2018

You've only one week remaining to view "What's NEW? Recent Acquisitions of the TCM Collection." The final date for the exhibit is Friday, October 12.

But you won't have to wait long for our next exhibit!

Many of our students are spending part of the day at the career fairs being hosted by the College of Human Sciences. A 1...
09/26/2018

Many of our students are spending part of the day at the career fairs being hosted by the College of Human Sciences. A 1982 alumna of our program wore this wool hounds-tooth suit by Evan Picone as she interviewed for apparel merchandising positions during her senior year at ISU. She went on to become a buyer for Marshall Field in Chicago.

Good luck to our students as they make connections that may lead to exciting and fulfilling internships and careers.

With the kick off this week of the year-long 50th anniversary celebration of CY Stephens Auditorium on the ISU campus, w...
09/21/2018

With the kick off this week of the year-long 50th anniversary celebration of CY Stephens Auditorium on the ISU campus, we are happy to share images of this wool cape that was worn to the opening performance in September 1969.

Congratulations to Carmen N. Keist, Ph.D., apparel, merchandising, and design program alum and former graduate assistant...
09/19/2018

Congratulations to Carmen N. Keist, Ph.D., apparel, merchandising, and design program alum and former graduate assistant in the TCM. At the recent Costume Society of America Midwest Region Annual Meeting and Symposium, Dr. Keist presented a paper based on her research on stout women's fashion in the early 1900s and was installed as the new president of the midwest region. Keist is now an assistant professor at Bradley University, Peoria, IL.

TCM staff spent the past weekend in Indianapolis at the Costume Society of America (CSA) Midwest Region Annual Meeting a...
09/18/2018

TCM staff spent the past weekend in Indianapolis at the Costume Society of America (CSA) Midwest Region Annual Meeting and Symposium. One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to Newfields/The Indianapolis Museum of Art to view the exhibit, "Bes-Ben: The Mad Hatter of Chicago." Enjoy a few favorites from the exhibit as well as the TCM collection's own Bes-Ben design - meow.

09/17/2018

It's Museum Monday! Today we're sharing a post from the Peranakan Museum in Singapore. Our own collection includes dozens of batik fabrics from Indonesia--some of them from Pekalongan--but they are in predominantly blue or yellow colorways. Isn't this lovely?

With the fall semester well underway, the museum's Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet Endowed Graduate Assistant has been making...
09/12/2018

With the fall semester well underway, the museum's Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet Endowed Graduate Assistant has been making herself at home exploring our collection. You can read about one of Dyese's discoveries in our latest blog post.
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We were pleased that so many of our recent donors with objects in the "What's New?" exhibit were able to join us at the ...
09/11/2018

We were pleased that so many of our recent donors with objects in the "What's New?" exhibit were able to join us at the opening reception on Sunday.

A friendly reminder...
09/07/2018

A friendly reminder...

We are happy to welcome a new graduate assistant to the TCM. Dyese Matthews just started the first year of her masters p...
09/06/2018

We are happy to welcome a new graduate assistant to the TCM. Dyese Matthews just started the first year of her masters program at ISU in apparel, merchandising, and design and we've put her right to work processing the newest acquisitions of the collection.

Our museum neighbors in Morrill Hall are hosting an opening reception today for this dynamic new exhibit. The Textiles a...
09/04/2018

Our museum neighbors in Morrill Hall are hosting an opening reception today for this dynamic new exhibit. The Textiles and Clothing Museum will have extended hours until 6:00pm if you're in the building for the reception and want to stop in to find out, "What's NEW?"

OPENING TODAY!

Back row from the 1980s:Ralph Lauren, Halston, Jeanne-Marc
09/01/2018

Back row from the 1980s:
Ralph Lauren, Halston, Jeanne-Marc

Another example of "What's NEW?" Can you recognize this designer label by the aesthetic aspects of the garment? Here's a...
08/29/2018

Another example of "What's NEW?" Can you recognize this designer label by the aesthetic aspects of the garment? Here's a hint..it was made in Italy.

The ladies are all dressed up and ready to welcome visitors to the museum.
08/24/2018

The ladies are all dressed up and ready to welcome visitors to the museum.

Our doors are open! Stop in to see "What's NEW?"
08/20/2018

Our doors are open! Stop in to see "What's NEW?"

We Are Open! If you are on campus, our doors will be open until 4:00 pm today for a sneak peek at our new exhibit. And y...
08/17/2018

We Are Open! If you are on campus, our doors will be open until 4:00 pm today for a sneak peek at our new exhibit. And you'll notice that not all of our recent acquisitions have been apparel. We have books, instructional pamphlets, and sewing tools, too.
Can't make it today? Then come visit us during our regular hours, M-F 11:00 am - 4:00 pm starting Monday through October 12.

Opening on Monday, August 20, just in time to welcome students, faculty, and staff on the first day of classes. Note: ou...
08/17/2018

Opening on Monday, August 20, just in time to welcome students, faculty, and staff on the first day of classes. Note: our opening reception is planned for Sunday, September 9 from 2:00-3:30 pm.

What's new? Also included in the upcoming exhibit is this child's cotton corduroy  suit, circa 1920.
08/16/2018

What's new? Also included in the upcoming exhibit is this child's cotton corduroy suit, circa 1920.

This very recent addition is included in the upcoming exhibit, "Whats NEW? Recent Acquisitions of the TCM Collection." O...
08/14/2018

This very recent addition is included in the upcoming exhibit, "Whats NEW? Recent Acquisitions of the TCM Collection." Opening day is Monday, August 20, and we've just a few things left to do before then.

OK, we've teased you long enough - here are full front, side, and back views of the 1880s coat. There are so many wonder...
08/12/2018

OK, we've teased you long enough - here are full front, side, and back views of the 1880s coat. There are so many wonderful details to be appreciated. In this case, the "What's New?" is what's "old."

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1015 Morrill Hall, Iowa State University
Ames, IA
50011

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00

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(515) 294-4999

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